CFWF 2019 Conference
Canadian Farm Writers Federation National Conference
September 26 – 28, 2019
With the theme of “Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide,” we have an exciting line up of tours and professional development opportunities.
On Thursday September 26, we are offering delegates two pre-conference tours: a “Sea to Sky” tour to Whistler which will include far-reaching views of Howe Sound on board the renowned Sea to Sky gondola, or a “Farm and Fowl” tour to Delta with a tour of the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and a focus of the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust. In the evening we’ll formally welcome our guests with a cruise of the Fraser River on board the legendary Paddlewheeler Riverboat.
On Friday September 27, we have three tours in the Metro Vancouver area: The “Gateway to the Pacific Tour” includes Alliance Grain Terminal and the Port of Vancouver, the “Growing Green” tour includes a vegetable greenhouse operation that has converted to cannabis and has a cogeneration plant, and the “Agrarian and Riparian in the City” tour showcases habitat restoration and urban farms along the Fraser River in the Greater Vancouver region.
On Saturday September 28, we’ve planned professional development sessions important for both farm writers and our audiences: mental health and wellness and preserving agriculture land. Our keynote speaker, Gerry Friesen, will speak on “Surviving Tough Times in the Rural Divide.” Representatives from the BC Agriculture Land Commission will be providing an in depth presentation of BC’s unique urban/rural divide: The Agricultural Land Reserve. In the evening, we’ll celebrate with the CFWF gala awards banquet.
Please visit the 2019 CFWF registration page on the BCFWA website to ensure your spot and lock in early bird rates.
The conference hotel is the Inn at the Quay located at 900 Quayside Dr, New Westminster.
To book your room, contact the Inn at 1-800-663-2001 or 604-520-1776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and note you are with CFWF/BCFWA for the group rate.
Air Canada is the official airline of the 2019 CFWF conference. To take advantage of conference rates, use promotion code J6777791 in the promotion code of the search panel when booking your flight to Vancouver with Air Canada. This code entitles you to a discount of 10% on flex, comfort, latitude premium economic and business class fares.
We expect over 130 Canadian agricultural reporters, broadcasters, communications officers and public relations personnel to join us for tours and seminars focusing on this unique region while enjoying the amenities of a legendary scenic venue.
We are looking forward to hosting you in September!
Madeleine Baerg, Tars Cheema, Cheryl Davie. Cathy Glover, Barbara Johnstone Grimmer,
Myrna Stark Leader, Ronda Payne and David Schmidt
2019 CFWF Conference Planning Committee
BC Farm Writers Association